Titans Renew Rivalry with Long Beach State at the Pyramid
FULLERTON, Calif.-- Winners of five of its last six games, Cal State Fullerton (7-9, 3-1 Big West) looks to continue its ascend toward the top of the Big West, Saturday at 4 p.m. when it goes up against Long Beach State (9-8, 2-3 Big West) at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach.
There will be a live video feed available for Cal State Fullerton's games vs. Long Beach State. To access video for the game visit www.fullertontitans.com, click the women's basketball schedule page then click the "video" link to watch through BigWest.TV.
There will be live audio streaming available for Cal State Fullerton's game vs. Long Beach State. To access audio for the game visit www.fullertontitans.com, click the women's basketball schedule page then click the "audio" link. Patrick Alog will be providing play-by-play, while Gurajpalpreet Sangha will serve as the color commentator.
There will be live stats available for Cal State Fullerton's game vs. Long Beach State. To access live stats for the games visit www.fullertontitans.com, click the women's basketball schedule page then click the "live stats" link.
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A Look at the Series...
Cal State Fullerton (7-9) vs. Long Beach State (9-8)
Overall Record 33-60*
Home Record 17-27
Away Record 11-30
Neutral Site Record 4-3
Longest Win Streak 15 games
Longest Losing Streak 26 games
Current Streak Lost 1
Record in Last 10 Meetings 7-3
March 17, 1970 at Titan Gym (W, 53-37)
March 3, 2012 at Long Beach (L, 62-61)
Last Meeting at Titan Gym
Jan. 28, 2012 (W, 74-53)
*Venue unknown for one game
Series Notes: Last time these two schools played the Titans were on the verge of claiming their seventh straight victory over the 49ers, holding a 59-55 lead with 3:50 left to play in the game, but Fullerton was held without a field goal for the remainder of the game, as it fell 62-61 at Long Beach. Mya Olivier had a superb year vs. Long Beach State, going for 14 points and six rebounds in the last meeting. She also recorded a career-high 23 points and seven rebounds on 9-of-10 shooting in the first meeting on Jan. 28....the Titans largest margin of victory vs. Long Beach State came on April 11,1970 in an 88-45 (43 points) win in Fullerton...Fullerton has twice lost by 49 points, equaling the Titans largest margin of defeat. It happened in a 91-42 loss on Jan. 22, 1999 at Long Beach and 94-45 defeat Feb. 11, 2001 at Titan Gym...before last year's loss, the Titans had won three straight games in Long Beach.
Looking at Long Beach
Long Beach State (9-8, 2-3 Big West) enters the contest just behind the Titans in the Big West standings, but riding a season-high three-game losing skid. Cal State Fullerton and Long Beach State have shared six common opponents so far this season in Sacramento State, Loyola Marymount, Columbia, Cal State Northridge, Hawai'i, and UC Riverside. The 49ers went 2-4 vs. those teams while the Titans went 4-2. Both teams defeated Sacramento State and Columbia in non-conference play...the 49ers are led by sophomore guard Alex Sanchez, as she averages a team-leading 11.2 points per game. Her 27 total steals are also second-best on the team. Sophomore center Devin Hudson leads the team in rebounding, pulling down 7.4 boards a contest...the 49ers average 60.8 points per game, but they give up 61.4 a game...LBSU was picked to finish fifth in the Big West's preseason media poll.
Last Time Out For the Titans
Guards Alex Thomas and Annie Park stepped up in a big way Thursday night, combining to score 31 points on 13-of-24 shooting to lead Cal State Fullerton to a convincing 65-51 win over UC Irvine at Titan Gym.
The Titans (7-9, 3-1 Big West) have caught fire, posting wins in five of their last six games, as they're off to their best four-game conference start since the 2009-10 season where Fullerton began 4-0. For UC Irvine (4-13, 0-5 Big West), it's now its fifth loss in a row.
Thomas poured in a career-high 18 points on 8-of-16 shooting, while dishing out two assists. Park, had her best game as a Titan in her first career start, as she filled in for the injured Chante Miles. She set new career highs in points, field goals made, three-pointers made, rebounds, and assists, as she scored 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting. Kathleen Iwuoha nearly had herself a double-double, as she scored eight points and pulled down eight rebounds in the win.
Camille Buckley paced the Anteaters, scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season. Jasmine Bernard also had a solid game, as she recorded 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting, while grabbing nine rebounds in the loss.
Things were tight early, as no team owned more than a five-point lead for the first 14-plus minutes of the game.
The Titans actually trailed 18-17 with eight minutes to play in the first half, but Fullerton quickly clamped down defensively and held UC Irvine without a field goal for six-plus minutes, helping to jumpstart a 9-2 run, which gave Fullerton a 26-20 advantage with 1:40 to play in the first half.
The Titans were able to take a 30-26 lead into halftime, surviving a well contested half that featured nine lead changes and two ties.
Fullerton shot a solid 13-of-31 (41.9 percent) from the field in the first half, and it only got better from there, as Park nailed a three from the top of the key to open up the second half to keep the momentum rolling.
The Titans connected on three of their first four second-half shot attempts, to spur an impressive 14-4 run over the first five-plus minutes of the second half.
This set the tone for the rest of the game, as Fullerton eventually built their lead to as high as 54-34 after Lauren Bushong banked in a lay-up with 9:13 left to play.
UCI never got closer than 12 points, as it connected on just 9-of-32 second-half shot attempts compared to hitting 10-of-24 in the first half.
The Titans finished the game shooting 28-for-61 from the field for 45.9 percent, which was their second-best shooting percentage of the season.
Good, but Lets Do it Again
Last Saturday's 54-49 win at UC Riverside snapped what was a 14-game road losing streak going back to Jan. 14, 2012 in a 67-58 win over Cal State Bakersfield. The win also ended what was a seven-game road losing streak to Big West opponents going back to a 58-50 win at UC Davis on Dec. 31, 2011. Before the win, the Titans were 0-7 away from home to start the season. It was tied for the school's longest losing streak away from home to start a season since the 2007-08 campaign. That's great and everything, but let's see if the Titans can do it again. Fullerton hasn't recorded back-to-back road wins since Dec. 20 and Dec. 22, 2011 at San Francisco and San Jose State. The Titans haven't secured consecutive conference road victories in the same season since winning at UC Davis on Jan. 27 and defeating UC Irvine on Feb. 15 during the 2006-07 season.
The Time is Now
If the Titans hope to make a real push up the Big West standings, the time is now. Fullerton is in the midst of a four-game stretch where it plays four teams with losing conference records (UC Riverside, UC Irvine, Long Beach State, and UC Davis). So far the Titans are 2-0 during this stretch...Long Beach State has currently lost three in a row and the four teams have a combined conference record of 4-14.
Winning When it Counts
Cal State Fullerton is just one of two teams in the conference to have a winning league record despite owning an overall losing mark (Hawai'i the other)...The Titans' 3-1 Big West start is the school's best four-game conference start since beginning 3-0 during the 2009-10 season. Through four Big West games the Titans lead the league in turnover margin (+4.50), rank third in scoring offense (64.2 ppg) scoring margin (+6.8), steals (11 spg), and rank fourth in scoring defense (57.5 ppg) and free throw percentage (.727).
A Walk in the Park
Freshman guard Annie Park looked like she had been running the point guard position all year long Thursday night, as she scored 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting in her first ever start as a Titan. The 13 points was the most points a Titan freshman has scored since Tailer Butler went for 14 points Feb. 1, 2012 in a 57-55 loss to UC Davis. Park set new career highs in points (13), field goals made (5), three-pointers made (3), rebounds (4), assists (3), and minutes played (32).
Bushong's Block Party
Lauren Bushong currently ranks sixth on the school's all-time block list. She currently has 64 career blocks and is two away from passing up Rochelle Ortega and Dee Braxton (65 each) for fourth on the all time list.
Riding the Hot Hand
Chante Miles led the Titans in scoring in eight of the first 12 games to start the season. Over the past four contests, four different Titans have led the team in scoring (Tailer Butler 27 points vs. Hawai'i, Chante Miles 11 points vs. Cal State Northridge, Lauren Bushong 14 points at UC Riverside, and Alex Thomas 18 points vs.UC Irvine).
The Amazing Alex
Alex Thomas scored a career-high 18 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the floor in the Titans' 65-51 vs. UC Irvine on Thursday. Since Big West play began, she's led the team in scoring averaging 13.0 points per game. She's scored 13+ points in three of her last four games, after just posting one 13+ point performance in the 12 games previous.
We're just past the halfway mark of the regular season and the Titans are well on-pace to surpass last year's conference win total. Fullerton finished 4-12 in the Big West last season. The Titans already have three conference wins with still 14 league games to play.
Titans Do the Talking
FullertonTitans.com caught up with sophomore forward Kathleen Iwuoha to get her thoughts on the season thus far. Go to www.fullertontitans.com and click on the women's basketball page to watch the video.
Fullerton has committed less or the same amount of turnovers as the opposition in 12 of its last 14 games...the Titans have had more offensive rebounds than the opponent in 12 of 16 games this season...Fullerton has been outscored in the paint in 11 of its last 14 games...the Titans have had at least two double-figure scores in six consecutive games...Fullerton has forced 20+ turnovers in a game in three of its last four games...Titans have won the second-chance points battle in three consecutive outings.
Protecting the House
Six of Cal State Fullerton's seven wins this season have come at Titan Gym (6-2)...the Titans have outscored opponents a combined 532-474 (+58) during home games this season and have lost two games by a combined two points...nearly 69 percent of the Titans' total wins since the 2005-06 season have come at home.
Is There a Lid on This Thing?
Over the course of the season, Cal State Fullerton has had field goal droughts of eight minutes or more seven separate times in seven different games...three of them have been 10+ minute droughts...the Titans are 2-5 in those games. (8:15 vs. Eastern Washington, 8:28 at New Mexico, 10:48 at Gonzaga, 8:44 at Oregon State, 10:26 vs. Columbia, 12:56 vs. Cal State Northridge, 9:55 at UC Riverside)
Nationally Accredited Thief
As of Jan. 15, Chante Miles ranks tied for 57th in the nation in steals per game (2.80)...Duquesne's Jocelyn Floyd leads the nation in steals, averaging 5.20 per game... Miles' seven steals Jan. 3 vs. Hawai'i were the most by any Titan since Toni Thomas collected seven steals Nov. 20, 2007 vs. USC.
Eight of 16 games this season have been decided by five points or less. Fullerton is just 3-5 in those contests...Four games have been decided by two points or less, the Titans are 1-3 in those games...in the five losses, Fullerton either had the lead, was tied, or was within one possession with under three minutes to play...at one point this season the Titans were 2-5 but still didn't have a negative point differential (449-449).
Living Pretty in the 60's
The Titans are 6-2 when scoring 60+ points this season, compared to a 1-7 mark when scoring under 60 points...Fullerton is 4-0 when scoring between 60 and 65 points this season.
Taking Care of Business
After dropping seven consecutive games, the Titans have started to right the ship, as they've won five of their six games...during the six-game stretch the Titans have averaged 63 points per game while surrendering just 56 per contest.
Doing it Right on Defense
Since giving up 83 points to Gonzaga on Dec. 9, the Titans have only surrendered 60+ points once. Opponents have averaged just 56 points on 37 percent shooting during that span (137/370).
Finding the Right Mix
Cal State Fullerton has used nine different starting lineups and has only sent out the same starting five in consecutive games three times this season...No Titan has started in every game this season.
It All Counts the Same
The 54 points scored last Saturday night at UC Riverside was the least amount of points the Titans have scored in a winning effort since beating Nevada 53-49 on Dec. 6, 2005...It was also the first time it's happened in a win over conference opponent since a 50-47 win at UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 12, 1991...the least amount of points the Titans have scored in a winning effort was Feb. 5, 1974 in at 36-23 victory at UCLA.
Miles Ahead of the Rest
Chante Miles has scored in double-figures in 12 of her first 15 games played to start the season...Miles has scored 17+ points in six of 15 games played this season...Miles currently leads the Titans in scoring (12.9 ppg), total points (194), field goals made (67), free throws made (2.5 fpg), assists (3.7 apg), steals (2.8 spg), and minutes (34.4 mpg).
Cleaning Up the Mess
Kathleen Iwuoha is making her presence felt on the glass this season. She currently leads the team in overall rebounding (7.7 rpg), offensive rebounding (3.3 rpg), and defensive rebounding (4.4 rpg). Her overall rebounding ranks sixth in the conference while her offensive rebounding ranks fifth and her defensive rebounding is good enough for eighth...She has averaged 10.3 rebounds over her last three games.
Tailer Butler's 27 points scored on Jan. 3 vs. Hawai'i was the most by any Titan since Megan Richardson also posted 27 points Dec. 12, 2011 vs. San Jose State...Butler's 27 points were also the most points any Titan had produced off the bench since Lauren Chow scored 28 points Nov. 17, 2007.
Titans Ink Four Recruits for 2012-13
Head coach Marcia Foster announced on Nov. 19 that four high school seniors have signed National Letters of Intent to play basketball at Cal State Fullerton. Casey Williams, Chelsea Waddy, Samantha Logan, and Priscilla Brooks' four years of eligibility will start at the beginning of the 2013-14 academic school year.
"This is very strong class with great students and overall just great people," Foster said. "They all fit into our mold of being a hard-working bunch. We look for blue-collar kids with talent and that's what we have in this class. I expect all of these kids to be able to contribute right away next year."
All four recruits played at California high schools and are expected to play high school basketball their senior years.
Casey Williams • G • 5-8 • Sacramento High School, Calif.
Averaged 7.6 points, 2.4 assists, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.2 steals per game as a junior at Sacramento High School…Is a one-year varsity letter winner…Recorded a career-high 15 points vs. Modesto Christian High School on Dec. 30, 2011…Grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds vs. Kennedy High School Feb. 2, 2012…Helped lead the Dragons to a 27-7 overall record and a 14-0 league mark in 2011-12…Sacramento advanced to the CIF Division III semifinals, beating San Marin 72-34 in round two before eventually falling to Miramonte 71-64.
Chelsea Waddy • F/C • 6-1 • Rialto Carter High School, Calif.
Averaged 12.9 points, 12.2 rebounds, and 3.4 blocks per game as a junior at Rialto Carter High School…Is a three-year varsity letter winner…Put up 18 double-digit scoring outings as a junior…Recorded 21 double-digit rebounding performances last season, including 10 consecutive 10+ rebound games from Nov. 30- Dec. 29, 2011…Led her team in points per game (12.9), total points (336), field goals made (114), Free throws made (104), free throws attempted (151), blocked shots per game (3.4), total blocked shots (89), rebounds per game (12.2), and total rebounds (317) last season.
Samantha Logan • G/F • 5-9 • Centennial High School, Calif.
Averaged 7.9 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 2.2 steals per game as a junior at Centennial High School...Is a three-year varsity letter winner...Led Centennial in rebounds per game (9.2) and total rebounds (240) last season…Put up 23 points (career high) and 16 rebounds Dec. 3, 2011 vs. Rialto High School…Recorded a career-high 25 rebounds Feb. 19, 2011 vs. California High School her sophomore year… Helped lead the Huskies to a CIF Division-I playoff birth both her sophomore and junior years, including a quarterfinal appearance two seasons ago.
Other Notes: Her father, Matt Logan is currently the head coach of Centennial High School's football team. Samantha played in one of Centennial's football games last October. She suited up at quarterback and completed a pass vs. Roosevelt High School in Centennial's annual "Pink Game" (The purpose of wearing pink was to raise awareness for breast cancer). Both her and the receiver she completed the pass to lost their mothers due to breast cancer. She has a goal of becoming the first ever female in California to throw a high school touchdown pass.
Priscilla Brooks • C/F • 5-10 • JW North High School, Calif.
Averaged 15.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.1 blocks, and 1.7 steals as a junior at JW North High School…Is a one-year varsity letter winner… Recorded 26 double-digit scoring performances, including a streak 15 consecutive double-digit games…Pulled down double-digit rebounds 13 times last season…Recorded a career-high 26 rebounds March 10, 2012 vs. Monache High School…Put in a career-high 30 points Feb. 1, 2012 vs. Roosevelt High School…Helped lead JW North to a 31-6 overall record, 12-2 league mark, and a trip to the CIF Division-II championship game after the school totaled just four wins (one league win) a year ago.
2012-13 Tip-Off Fundraiser a Success
The Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team hosted over 100 fans and raised money for the program at the team's third-annual Tip-Off Party and Fundraiser last Saturday night at the Student Pavilion on campus.
"It was a great evening and we really thank everyone who came out to support us," said head coach Marcia Foster. "We can't wait to make everyone proud."
The evening consisted of a raffle drawing, silent auction, fun dancing, and great food.
Breaking Down the Titans
Cal State Fullerton returns two starters and seven letterwinners overall from last season's squad that finished 11-19 overall and 4-12 in the Big West Conference, good enough for eighth place. The Titans were the No. 8 seed in last year's conference tournament, falling to top-seeded Cal Poly in the opening round for a second consecutive season, 71-53.
A new era of Fullerton basketball begins after the team says goodbye to two of the top three scorers from a year ago in Megan Richardson (16.1 ppg) and Lauren Chow (8.1 ppg) due to graduation. However, the Titans will have some stability with the return 2012 All-Big West honorable mention Mya Olivier who returns as the team's leading rebounder (7.4 rpg) from a season ago. Twenty-six game starter Kathleen Iwuoha also returns looking to build off a solid freshman campaign where she averaged 5.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.
After suffering a season-ending injury early into the 2010-11 season, she rebounded in a positive manner last year, finishing as the team's leading rebounder (7.4 rpg) and second on the team in scoring (8.8 ppg) in addition to earning a Big West Honorable Mention...Olivier started her first game of the season Nov. 23 vs. Georgetown.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth
Be sure to visit www.fullertontitans.com and click on the women's basketball page to watch the 2012-13 women's basketball preview video featuring head coach Marcia Foster.
Titans Tabbed 10th in Big West Media Poll
The Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team was picked to finish 10th in the 2012-13 Big West Conference race according to a vote of league media members released by the conference office on Oct. 24.
The Titans received 29 points to finish just behind Orange County rival UC Irvine, which was ninth with 65 points. Cal State Northridge managed to edge out Pacific as the favorite to take home the conference crown with six first place votes and 161 points overall. Pacific was tabbed second with 159 points (five first place votes), UC Santa Barbara third with 153 points (three first place votes), Cal Poly fourth with 127 votes (one first place vote), Long Beach State fifth with 116 points (one first place vote), Hawai'i sixth with 81 points, UC Davis seventh with 80 first place votes, and UC Riverside eighth with 74 points.
Filling in the Holes
Cal State Fullerton returns just 52 percent of its 1,830 points scored, 60 percent of its rebounds, 53 percent of its field goals made, 28 percent of its three-pointers made, 61 percent of its free throws made, 43 percent of its assists, and 63 percent of its steals from a season ago.
New Kids on the Block
The Titans bring in four new faces to this year's squad, but only two true freshmen compared to the seven that joined last year's team. The Titans welcome Brianna Barfield (TR, Citrus JC), Xava Grooms (TR, Utah State), Briana Hubbard (FR), and Annie Park (FR).
You Can't Teach Tall
This year's Titan squad could be one of the tallest in recent memory; featuring six players listed at 6-feet or taller –tied for the tallest Fullerton squad since the 2007-08 team listed seven players taller than 6-foot.
The Titans will face a schedule loaded with postseason participants in 2011-12 as they will face three (with a fourth possible depending upon the outcome of the Cal Classic Nov. 23- 24th) NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago (Georgetown, Gonzaga, Big West rival UC Santa Barbara, and possibly California) as well as five WNIT teams from 2011-12 in Oregon State, Cal Poly, Cal State Northridge, Pacific, and UC Davis for a total of at least eight tournament teams. That matches the amount faced last season.
Hit Me With Your Best Shot
Cal State Fullerton boasts a rigorous 12-game non-conference schedule that includes one neutral contest against a team hovering near the AP preseason top 25 rankings in No. 33 Georgetown. Depending upon the outcome of the first game of the Cal Classic (Nov. 23- Nov. 24th) the Titans could also square off against No. 13 California in Berkeley. Seven of the Titans' 12 non-conference affairs will be played away from Titan Gym. Gonzaga is also ranked 29th in the USA Today preseason coaches poll (California 15th, Georgetown 30th).
All 14 players on the roster call California home. Twelve of the 14 players are from Southern California while two are from up north. All three assistant coaches completed their undergraduate degrees at Southern California institutions as well. (Lori Morris at San Diego, Jorge Cerna at San Diego State, and Monica Quan at Concordia)
Fullerton's Fountian of Youth
The Titans come into the 2012-13 season tied for the sixth youngest team in Division I basketball, with the team's average experience being one year per player. The program holds five freshman, five sophomores, three juniors (with one being a JC transfer in Brianna Barfield), and one senior. The Titans have lost three starters from last year's squad in senior Megan Richardson, senior Lauren Chow, and junior Alicya Crisp. Sophomore center Jasmine Grayson left the program as well
The Big West Conference welcomes the University of Hawai'i women's basketball team back to the league for its second stint as a Big West women's basketball participant. The Rainbow Wahine were members of the Big West from 1984-1996.
Cal State Fullerton will play 18 conference games (one home, one away vs. Hawai'i added) instead of the traditional 16 games as has been done in years past. The Titans will still play 29 regular season games, two non-conference games have been subtracted. The top eight teams in the conference will still qualify for the Big West Tournament. San Diego State will return as the conference's 11th member, effective July 1, 2013.